September 24, 2018

Roll call showed the following members present for the meeting on this date at 6:30 p.m.  Larger, Burnell, Kuck, Parker, Kronenberger and Richter.  Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor This, Fiscal Officer Speelman and Village Administrator Dicke.  Chief of Police Skinner was absent.

Visitors were Jerry McClannan from Mote & Associates, Jenna Gilbert representing The Evening Leader and Jeff Elking representing The Daily Standard. 

Minutes from the September 10 meeting were approved.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Richter.   Five ayes.  Kuck abstained.

Larger made a motion to approve total expenditures for September in the amount of $1,410,325.80 and noted Finance committee reviewed receipts for the month of August in the amount of $1,636,344.97 and bank reconciliations for August.  Second by Richter.  Six ayes.

Mayor Pape made the following announcements in his Mayor’s Report:

  • Pumpkin People have arrived. 
  • Good Luck to the Pumpkinfest Committee this weekend.

Village Administrator Dicke gave the following report:

  • Front and Eastmoor Drive reconstruction:
    • All curb and infrastructure is complete.
    • Sidewalk and driveways are still going in.
    • Asphalt has been pushed back one week.
  • North water tower has been painted.
  • New pumps were installed at the wastewater plant.
  • Have received three quotes on replacement of library roof. 
  • Wierth Ditch Project is making good progress.
  • Painting of light poles on 274 and 66 will begin September 26 and will take 10 working days to complete.
  • Continue to work on the set up of the Asset Management Software with Dude Solutions.

Kuck asked to accept a donation of a sensory cocoon swing from New Bremen New Knoxville Rotary.  The swing will be installed near the east shelter house in Bremenfest Park.  The village will form it up and pour the concrete.  Vote of approval by council.  Six ayes.

Burnell noted he has heard several positive comments about how the nice the baseball diamonds and park look for the fall baseball season.

Angela Hamberg reported to council that Crown Equipment is considering construction of a $40 million, 500,000 square foot building in New Bremen.  The expansion would create 197 jobs over 3 years and is contingent on adequate local and state incentives.  CIC is proposing to enter into a CRA agreement with a 100% tax abatement for 10 years.  Crown will donate to the New Bremen Schools for their portion of the abatement.

First Reading Ordinance 2018-9-25 Entering into a CRA agreement with Crown Equipment Corporation, 100% tax abatement for 10 years.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.

Discussed police officer part time and full time pay.  Currently the part time officer pay range is $13.19 – $15.80 per hour.  Other departments in the area have starting pay at $13 – $16 per hour.  Propose moving part time

range to $15.80 – $19 per hour to allow offering a higher rate to more experienced officers.  Full time officers have two pay scale classifications Patrolman 1 with pay steps from 18.17 – $22.99 per hour and Patrolman 2 with pay steps from $23.90 to $27.40.  Proposed moving to one pay scale classification for full time officers with pay steps from $18.97 to $27.40 per hour.

First Reading Ordinance 2018-9-24 Adjusting pay scale classification ranges for Full Time Patrolman and Part time Patrolman.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Richter.  Six ayes.

Discussed a request received from AMP to send letter to US Senate on the proposed repeal on municipal pole exemption.  It was decided not to send a repeal letter, at this time.

Clarified that the minimum usage charge for water will increase from $5 to $6.  The change in rates will begin with the meter reads January 15, 2019

Second Reading Ordinance 2018-9-23 Increase water rates 10% January 2019 and 3% automatic increase each year after.  Motion by Burnell.  Second by Kuck.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-8-19 Annexation from Jackson Township 2.04 acres, Gagel Property.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Resolution 2018-8-5 Accept Local Government funds and rates set by Auglaize County Budget Commission, $71,435.94.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-8-20 Amend 2018 appropriation for Front Eastmoor Drive Reconstruction.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Richter.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-8-21 Adopting American Legal Code of Ordinances for the Municipality of New Bremen.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Richter.  Six ayes.

Jerry McClannan discussed the OPWC application.  Sanitary, curb, sidewalk and street reconstruction on Franklin St from First Street to Pearl St and Ash St.  Sanitary from New Knoxville Ave to Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Projected project cost is $1.8 million.  A traffic counter will be on Franklin St beginning Sept 24 for one week.

Third Reading Resolution 2018-8-6 Submit OPWC Application for Franklin and Ash Street Reconstruction Project.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Larger.  Five ayes.  Burnell abstained.

At 7:20p.m. Larger made a motion to enter executive session to discuss personnel.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.  Dicke and Speelman were excused.  Came out at 7:50 pm with no action.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-8-22 Purchase Dump Truck from Rush Truck Centers at a cost of $101,190.  Motion by Richter.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Larger made a motion to adjourn at 7:51 p.m.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.